As a child growing up in the Western San Gabriel Valley, Wendell Mortimer loved to watch the Pacific Electric passenger trains headed one way and the Southern Pacific, half a block away, headed in the other carrying its daily freight load.
That was more than a half century ago. Today most Alhambrans know of the city’s railroads only by the earthshaking rumbling of the anonymous trains thundering through the Mission Boulevard trench or by their body-rattling horn blasts. Few are aware that an Alhambra-San Gabriel Line served the city from 1900-1940, carrying nearly 2 million people at its peak along a rail transit line connecting Los Angeles to Temple City. Continued